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  1. Chinese Herb Targets Immune System

    Feb. 12, 2012 -- A new discovery about a 2,000-year-old Chinese herbal remedy derived from the roots of the blue evergreen hydrangea may pave the way for a new generation of targeted treatments for autoimmune disorders. A new study suggests the Chinese herb known as Chang Shan selectively weakens th

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  2. 2 in 5 Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Sedentary

    Jan. 26, 2012 -- More than 40% of U.S. adults with rheumatoid arthritis get no exercise, according to a study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. RA, which affects 1.3 million adults, is a painful condition that causes joints to be swollen, stiff, and damaged. Inactivity puts RA pati

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  3. Enriched Milk May Ease Gout

    Jan. 23, 2012 -- Drinking a daily dose of enriched skim milk may help reduce gout flare-ups. A new study shows that people who drank an enriched skim milk shake made from powdered milk and additional dairy components had fewer gout attacks and less painful symptoms. Previous research has already sho

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  4. Knee, Hip Replacements Carry Blood Clot Risk

    Jan. 17, 2012 -- Doctors have long known that dangerous blood clots can occur after joint replacement surgery of the knees or hips. Now, a new analysis puts numbers on the risk. About 1 in 100 patients who undergo knee replacement surgery and 1 in 200 patients who have hip replacement surgery will d

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  5. Exercise, Talk Therapy by Phone May Help Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain

    Jan. 12, 2012 -- Exercise and/or talking with a therapist on the phone once a week may significantly reduce chronic pain, a new study shows. About 20% to 40% of adults report experiencing chronic pain, Seth Berkowitz, MD, and Mitchell Katz, MD, of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

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  6. Drug Already on Market May Be a Boon to Gout Patients

    Jan. 5, 2012 -- A drug already on the market for some rare conditions may be able to help many people with the far more common condition of gout. More than 6 million Americans have experienced gout, an excruciatingly painful form of arthritis that comes on suddenly, leaving sufferers miserable and o

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  7. Knee Arthritis: Very Low-Calorie Diet May Help

    Dec. 21, 2011 -- Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, and although weight loss is often recommended to reduce painful pressure on joints, not all patients succeed in shedding extra pounds. Osteoarthritis -- sometimes called "wear and tear" arthritis -- is frequently related to age

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  8. Study: Bone Drugs May Increase Longevity of Replaced Joints

    Dec. 6, 2011 -- New research may help hip and knee replacements last longer in patients who take commonly prescribed bone-loss drugs. Joint replacement surgeries help millions live with less pain, but many people who have them eventually need repeat procedures when the implants loosen over time. Now

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  9. Artificial Hips: Newer Might Not Be Better

    Nov. 29, 2011 -- Traditional hip implants might be safer and last longer than some new ones, an FDA-funded study finds. It’s among the first studies to compare outcomes in people who got different kinds of artificial hip implants with different materials. When researchers evaluated total hip-replace

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  10. Exercise May Improve Memory in Fibromyalgia Patients

    Nov. 17, 2011 -- Exercise improved pain and memory in women with fibromyalgia, even without medication, suggests a new study. Researchers found that regular aerobic exercise decreased activity in memory and pain control areas of the brain. "The decreased brain activity ... suggests that the brain is

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